Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Everyone Brave is Forgiven
by Chris Cleave [Cleave] 

This is historical fiction based upon the letters between the author’s grandparents.
Mary North is an eighteen-year-old woman who left school and traveled to London anxious to help, beginning the very day World War II was announced. Expecting to be assigned an espionage role, she was instead given the responsibility of being a teacher for a short amount of time. As the children were sent by train to the countryside for their safety, Mary was relieved of her duties. Her curiosity and passion to help were not in line with the attitudes and expectations of her affluent parents.
As the Blitzkrieg destroyed London, Alistair Heather was located in Malta after leaving his art curator career and enlisting with the British troops and becoming an officer. The English attitude toward race during that time was described to be ugly, and offered insights I haven’t often seen in historical fiction.

[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, by Susan Elia MacNeal, All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr or The Book of Harlan, by Bernice McFarland.]

[ official Everyone Brave is Forgiven and Chris Cleave web site ]
Recommended by Jodi R.
Gere Branch Library

Have you read this one? What did you think? Did you find this review helpful?

New reviews appear every month on the Staff Recommendations page of the BookGuide website. You can visit that page to see them all, or watch them appear here in the BookGuide blog individually over the course of the entire month. Click the tag for the reviewer's name to see more of this reviewers recommendations!

No comments: